Chris Burrow is a 30-year resident of Texas and a native Arkansan. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and served as a Research Scholar for the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution in association with Cornell University. He has co-authored two leading research monographs published by The Cornell South Asia Program on the archaeology and anthropology of India and Sri Lanka which feature his scientific photographs. His photographs have also been published in leading scientific journals including Current Anthropology.
Chris has been a photographer for over 40 years beginning at the age of ten using a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder given to him by the anthropologist Anne Chowning. His photographic interests parallel and document his interests in ancient history, historic preservation, Southwestern and Meso-American archaeology, Native American cultures, and
American landscape photography.
Working in both color and black and white, Chris uses various cameras from his collection of vintage cameras dating to the 1940's. These include a 1940's Rolleicord, the 1950 Zeiss, a 1966 Leica M3, a 1995 Bronica, a Nikon F4 SLR, and a Canon 5D, Mark II digital SLR.
In addition to his father, Chris was inspired by the American photographer Laura Gilpin during a meeting and visit to her studio in Santa Fe in the mid-1970's. He has "rephotographed" many of the sites made famous by Gilpin in her classic works, The Enduring Navajo and In Navajo Land. These include Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, and Monument Valley in Utah.
Santa Fe has continued to serve as a base of exploration of the American Southwest. In addition to Gilpin, Chris has been inspired by the work of Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and the early 20th century Latin American photographer Martin Chambi.